Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Thursday said that he will examine the resignations of the rebel Congress and JDS MLAs overnight and decide if they were being submitted under duress.
Addressing a hurriedly called press conference he said that the phenomenon of defection by lawmakers was one referred to as a national malady.
He said that he was not in a position to accept the MLAs’ resignations over the weekend since the assembly was closed; while on Monday he was away on prior commitments. “I felt hurt when I saw some news that I am delaying the process. Governor informed me on the 6th. I was in the office till then and later I left for personal work. Before that, no MLAs informed me that they were coming to meet me,” ANI translated his address made in Kannada.
Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar: On July 6, I was in my chamber till 1.30 pm. The MLAs came there at 2 pm, they didn’t even take prior appointment. So, it’s untrue that I ran away because they were coming. https://t.co/sHT17t0WyV
— ANI (@ANI) July 11, 2019
He added, “On July 6, I was in my chamber till 1.30 pm. The MLAs came there at 2 pm, they didn’t even take prior appointment. So, it’s untrue that I ran away because they were coming.”
Rebel MLAs belonging to the Congress and the JDS had approached the Supreme Court with former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi representing them. Hearing their petition, the top court ordered the rebel MLAs to travel from Mumbai and meet the Speaker in person.